Only With You

Only With You

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Sophie Dalton is about to learn three very important lessons:

1. The right shoes can and will change your life.

2. What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there.

3. Love finds you when you least expect it.

In the bestselling tradition of Jennifer Probst and Rachel Van Dyken comes a sexy, flirty contemporary romance from Lauren Layne!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 133 x 171 x 29mm | 176.9g
  • FOREVER
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 1455546070
  • 9781455546077
  • 228,307

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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Rating details

4,987 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,263)
4 39% (1,947)
3 28% (1,376)
2 6% (309)
1 2% (92)

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Very few books can make me laugh out loud—particularly in the romance genre, unless it's over how ridiculous the dialogue or characters are—but Lauren Layne had me clutching my sides with her rare ability to combine heart-melting romance with caustic humor in this first full-length novel. The magic lies in the protagonist, Sophie; a smart, but under-ambitious social butterfly who's always been happy with just being the fun one, she is probably one of the most lovable female characters I've "met," ever. Only with You is mostly from her third-person perspective, which sets the tone of the novel perfectly: just like her, it's snappy, sparkly, and witty. You can't not crack a smile every time Sophie makes a family-inappropriate remark or dives into a hilarious faux pas with Gray. And it all starts when he mistakes her for a prostitute. The first time they meet. Readers, you've been warned: this is not a sweet, love-at-first-sight kind of romance. It's a Wait—you're-not-a-gold-digger?!?!? kind of romance. And it's one of the best I've ever read. Sophie's your typical fun-loving, confident party girl, but as her masked vulnerabilities are slowly revealed, readers discover she's also got a darker, more rebellious side. She refuses to fit into the cookie cutter mold of her lawyers-and-doctors family, or to live up to her boring-as-nude-pumps, perfect orthodontist sister—not because she isn't good enough, but because she doesn't want to risk disappointing anybody. For a girl who's always at ease with herself and possesses the uncanny gift of making others feel at ease with her, she's actually pretty vulnerable, and she's got quite a bit of figuring out in her life to do. You'd think Grayson Wyatt would have less to worry about. For one thing, he's employed... hell, he's CEO, he's rich, he's respectable—and he's very much not as social as Sophie is. In his cold wall of solitude and brooding, he's a loner, always alone, but also... really lonely. There were deep aspects about his history that cut me deeply, but for the most part, his persona is hilariously stiff and awkward... not awkward in that he's poorly written, but awkward as in OMG!! The situations he and Sophie get themselves into will make you laugh so hard! His reserved personality is definitely a huge contrast to Sophie's bubbly, social demeanor, making them polar opposites, but you know what they all say: don't opposites attract? The two spend the majority of the book hating each other's guts while constantly, secretly thinking about one another naked... the heated office arguments, the brilliant back-and-forth witticisms, and the sultry glances create the ultimate sexual tension. Gray's difficulty expressing genuine feelings, as well as Sophie's fear of being the class disappointment—as always—further accentuate the impossibility of an actual relationship between them, but somewhere along their journey of late-night, soul-searching talks, chance encounters, and small, but significant surprising revelations, they each find themselves falling into the least expected trap of all: love. While the enemies-to-lovers plot isn't unheard of in the world of romance novels, Layne puts a sarcastic, but entirely provocative, spin to it. Nothing in the novel was trite or overdone; from the weighty characters, to the mortifying situations they get into, everything is so original, so entertaining, and best of all, so cuttingly hilarious. The sizzling chemistry between Sophie and Gray (that could only result from such polar-opposite individuals) is so well developed and believable. The slow construction of their emotional connection made me ache and squirm and swoon, because it felt like real romance. It isn't ridiculous insta-love that gives romance novels such a bad rap—it's the real thing. Only with You is a bright and playful romance that still manages to convey the painful, frustrating emotions of falling in love under resistance and the beautiful art of the unexpected human connection. As the heat builds up, and walls begin to fall, Sophie and Gray find themselves longing for things they vowed to never want, yet now find themselves aching for... but only with each other. Pros: Funny!! Made me laugh out loud // Tone is light, fresh, and entertaining // Loved Sophie and her outrageous but hilarious family // Gray is your classic tall, dark, and handsome—the perfect wounded hero with a hard shell // SO MUCH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CHEMISTRY BETWEN SOPHIE AND GRAY. I CAN'T EVEN // Hot, hot makeout and sex scenes—wowwee! // Everything a good contemporary romance should be Cons: He has steely gray eyes and his name is Gray? Where have we encountered this before?! Verdict: A sexy, vibrant twist on the CEO-meets-secretary romance trope, Only with You is a modern, energetic, and masterfully portrayed love story that both smolders in sexual tension, and provides uproarious bouts of comic relief. Sophie's sarcastic, self-deprecating bits of humor and easygoing radiance (I dare you not to love Sophie Dalton!) and Gray's solid determination to resist her inevitable charms, make for a steamy, catch-and-release game with a corporate flush—but as we all know, love is never just a game. Lauren Layne combines all of my favorite things—colorful characters (is Gray a color?), amusing banter, hot sex, and heartfelt emotion—in this exemplary, hard-to-put-down first novel in the new The Best Mistake series; I confidently say it's my new favorite contemporary romance—which is pretty impressive, considering it's my favorite genre!! Rating: 10 out of 10 hearts (5 perfect stars): I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece. Drop everything and go buy yourself a copy now! Source: Complimentary ARC provided by author, via tour publicist, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Lauren Layne and Tasty Book Tours!).show more
by Karielle
The only good thing that came from the surly stranger assuming Sophie Dalton was a prostitute was that it happened in Vegas, not back home in Seattle. �??�?� So as humiliating as it was, at least she'd never have to see him again. �??�?� Until her sister brought him home for dinner. The Verdict: �??�?� Such a fun book! �??�?� I figured a story that included some uptight businessman mistakenly assuming that his future love was a prostitute would be funny, but�??�?� I had no idea! Sophie's a little aimless, having never managed to figure out what she wanted to be when she grows up. �??�?� Only problem is�??�?� that she's been grown up for several years, and she's still job-hopping, suffering through too many Sunday dinners with her judgmental parents and perfect sister, and clearly unable to figure out what she wants to do with her life. �??�?� But the last straw might have been when a perfect stranger looked at her like she was trash, informed her that he didn't pay for sex, and then walked away. �??�?� Being mistaken for a prostitute is�??�?� pretty much rock bottom. �??�?� But as much as the surly man's observation may have humiliated her and made her question herself, Sophie's no shrinking violet. �??�?� So when a unexpected meeting brings them face to face again and has him awkwardly roped into politely offering her a job, Sophie jumps at the chance. �??�?� That'll show him, right? Grayson isn't exactly a charmer, and his brusque ways aren't just a misunderstanding or some backwards attempt at convincing people he's a professional. �??�?� He's just socially stunted. �??�?� Yes, a woman in his past hurt him badly, and yes, he makes every effort to remain unattached and unavailable to have his heart broken again. �??�?� But underneath that emotional armor is a disconnected, lonely man who has no idea how to charm a woman, much less how to manage a meaningful relationship. �??�?� That Sophie is his exact only compounds the problem. �??�?� She's talkative, outspoken, sarcastic, and she challenges him at every breath. �??�?� And despite the fact that she's all wrong for him, he can't help but want her. The�??�?� romantic development takes some time, a feat that most authors can't seem to pull off without making it boring, but Lauren Layne has clearly mastered it. �??�?� I was so enjoying the build up and the banter, the deeper glimpses into Gray's mind and endearing awkwardness that Sophie tried to hide, that it never dawned on me that the characters hadn't even kissed yet. �??�?� Where most romance novels play hate at first sight by making both characters almost incapable of controlling themselves around each other, in�??�?� Only with You,�??�?� Sophie and Gray are more complex, better developed, and certainly more three-dimensional. �??�?� And while tense and exciting and sometimes hilarious, the scenes aren't at all predictable. Of course, Gray and Sophie are perfect for each other, each with their own faults and challenges. �??�?� But what I liked best was that there was no need to �?�¢??fix�?�¢?? them. �??�?� It would have been easy for Gray to perhaps raise Sophie in the opinions of her family, or for Sophie to have magically convinced him to open up and cut loose. �??�?� But rather than change the characters to suit some idea of perfection, Lauren Layne allows them to remain true to themselves, albeit much happier when they finally get their happily ever after, and shows that opposites do, in fact, suit each other just fine without standard romance novel modifications. Only with You�??�?� is a charmingly funny story�??�?� with wonderfully developed characters and a strong focus on romance in every day life, even when the sexual tension is through the roof. �??�?� If the next book in the series is even half as enjoyable, I'm all in. ***FicCentral received this book from Grand Central Publishing (via Net Galley) for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.show more
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